Canastota unveils village’s new electric car charging station

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CANASTOTA — A new electric car charging station — with two ports for charging — is now available in Canastota after the village received funding from both NSYERDA and National Grid to install the public charging station at its parking lot at 205 S. Peterboro St. Canastota officials said the charging station is a community asset, allowing those with electric vehicles charge while they visit the village’s amenities, from its historic downtown to its walking trails.

“This is an opportunity for people in surrounding communities to visit, walk on the Lenox Rail Trail or the Erie Canal, charge their vehicles, and grab some lunch downtown,” said Mayor Rosanne Warner. “We’re excited to continue growing.”

While these chargers are a boon for the public, they also benefit the village, officials said. The village received additional grant funds to purchase a new plug-in hybrid vehicle for its codes enforcement officer.

Canastota officials said the old vehicle being driven by the codes officer was old and worn out. The grant, officials added, will help not just with fuel cost savings but also on repair bills for the old vehicle.

“These grant funds by NYSERDA support sustainable initiatives around New York State. These funds have helped our community save money through this vehicle purchase, efficient lighting in our municipally-owned buildings, and even with new LED street lights,” said Village Administrator Jenn Farwell.

The car chargers are available in the village municipal lot, 24 hours a day. Those with questions can call the Canastota village offices at 315-697-7559.

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